Half a croissant, on a plate, with a sign in front of it saying '50c'
h a l f b a k e r y
Resident parking only.

idea: add, search, annotate, link, view, overview, recent, by name, random

meta: news, help, about, links, report a problem

account: browse anonymously, or get an account and write.

user:
pass:
register,


               

Dead Grandfather Clock

Unusual, peeing-ghost clock for the home or office
  (+2)
(+2)
  [vote for,
against]

By popular demand, this novel, 1/3 scale timepiece has been developed and manufactured in the finest white porcelain. The yellow stream that is the focus of the water clock seems to come out of nowhere. It works on the same principle as the floating faucet. The liquid is pumped up a curved, transparent tube and runs back down the outside.

As the bowl fills up, the surface level indicates the minutes. Every 60 minutes, the clock flushes to reset the level. At the same time the flush handle points to the next hour. The faux urine that fills and is flushed is held in the tank.

One can choose if the babbling, burbling clock’s timely flushes are to be accompanied by one of several spooky, hour chimes. For example, three o’clock could be indicated by, “ooOOOoo ooOOOoo ooOOOoo,” or, “mwah Haa Haa Haa.”

The next in the eerie series of peeing-ghost clocks will be a digital model with a wee stream that seems to write the time in snow.

FarmerJohn, Nov 19 2002

artist's rendering http://www.geocitie...eadgrandfather.html
[FarmerJohn, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]

[link]






       "insane genius" kinda strikes me as redundant somehow.   

       Not quite the same market as the kaleidoscope clock, then?   

       Can you make a full-scale model? (Course, then again, someone would have to reset the time after every holiday get-together)   

       I can just picture fake copies of this on the Antiques Roadshow a hundred years from now. John, you're going to have to come up with a signature stamp, like the Tiffany Company, in order to authenticate a Farmer original for your works.
RayfordSteele, Nov 19 2002
  

       I thought this would have been being some kind of reference to the kiddies song about "my grandfather's clock" that "stopped dead, never to go again, when the old man died". At least that clock, from that point hence, was exactly right twice a day.
PeterSilly, Nov 19 2002
  

       :O
XSarenkaX, Nov 19 2002
  

       and sometimes a way without them.   

       In 200 years of living, Bicentennial Man never thought of this one, I'd bet.
RayfordSteele, Nov 19 2002
  

       Could it be originally filled through the use of grandfather's cock? Something to remember him by.
whimsickle, Nov 20 2002
  

       Ew.
XSarenkaX, Nov 20 2002
  
      
[annotate]
  


 

back: main index

business  computer  culture  fashion  food  halfbakery  home  other  product  public  science  sport  vehicle